AJ Wears :: A Muppet Coat

Happy New Year!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I wore this weeks ago. And not to a fancy party or New Year’s bash, I wore it on a regular Sunday afternoon to go watch football or some other sport (clearly I was just there for the wings). Sometimes, a company sends you a c/o item and you pick out something ridiculous and then have nowhere to wear it, so you wear an actual muppet on an un-extraordinary day.

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And you know what? I’m gonna do that more this year. Never save a great outfit for a perfect occasion when that occasion might just be life.

Other things I resolve to do in 2019:

  • Brain Stuff: I got in a bad slump last year of zoning out in front of screens. This year, I want to be more active in my downtime. I’m planning on pulling out my piano and doing a refresh course, reading at least 20 books (as opposed to the four or so last year), and sitting down with Mr. AJ for more board games and puzzles in the evening instead of rewatching The Office for the 10th time.

  • Body Stuff: I really fell off the workout wagon in 2018. My Peloton has sat relatively unused by me (Mr AJ continues to kill it, of course), and the gym that’s so conveniently located downstairs wouldn’t be able to pick me out of a lineup of one. More spin, more yoga, and more outdoorsy stuff like hikes and walks this year. And if my PT is reading this, I promise I’ll do my knee exercises at least once a week.

  • Time Stuff: Embrace the power of “No.” I said yes to a lot of stuff I didn’t feel like doing last year, and it resulted in me feeling stressed and annoyed. I tend to feel selfish when I say no, instead of thinking of it as self care or preservation. This year, I promise to not overcommit myself to a bunch of stuff I hate.

  • Shoe Stuff: I will find the perfect pair of black flats this year if it kills me.

  • Travel Stuff: I only have one trip planned right now, but I’d like to get away as much as possible. Definitely planning another international trip this year - Italy? Portugal? Germany? We’ll find out.

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Coat, c/o SheIn (exact - get 15% off with code Q1ajwears15).
Leggings, Spanx (exact).
Sweater, Express (similar from Halogen).
Boots, Kendall + Kylie (exact).


Things I Wore in October

October is the worst month in Arkansas. Things start LOOKING like fall, and you'll get an occasional crisp day that kind of feels fall-ish, but then a day later it's in the 80's again and you're just a tiny sweat factory. Humidity is the enemy of cuteness. So this month's "Things I Wore" is fun because you'll see a progression of the weather!

Disclosure: Some of these links make me money. Some don't, because I wanted to link the exact item for accuracy. I've provided similar options whenever something is old or sold out! Enjoy.

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First of the month stayed pretty solidly in the 80's during the day, 70's at night so there was no need for layers. I barely managed to get dressed these days.

Outfit 1: Top, Everlane. Pants, Zara. Flats, Parfois (similar from Asos).
Outfit 2: Tank, H&M. Overalls, Topshop (similar from Asos). Sneakers, Puma (you may have to search a bit for this color - but here's a VERY similar Puma from Free People!).
Outfit 3: Top, Old Navy (similar from Rack). Skirt, Rebecca Taylor. Flats, Zara (similar from AE).

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I did try to dig around in my closet this month and get creative with items that had a more fall-like feel that I could still wear in the heat, so I rediscovered this cute olive skirt from the Loft I bought a few years ago!

Skirt, Loft (similar from Rack). Tank, H&M. Sneakers, Adidas (similar in silver).

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By this outfit, things were starting to get chillier in the mornings and evenings so I was able to snuggle up in this extremely cute and cozy cardigan, which later would be slung around my hips around lunch time when it was warm again.

Cardigan, JustFab. Tank, Everlane. Skirt, Zara (similar). Boots, Stuart Weitzman (similar from Rack). Necklace, BaubleBar.

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After work Halloween party in the alley gave me an excuse to get creative with my workwear this day, so I went for the school girl look and then slipped on my Slytherin cape after 5. VERY SUBTLE.

Top, Elizabeth & Clarke. Skirt, JustFab. Suede Jacket, BlankNYC. Socks, Asos. Flats, Zara.
Slytherin Cape & Tie, eBay.

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Love, love love this sweater and have been wearing it any chance I get - here's my winter uniform for work.

Sweater, Elizabeth & Clark. Blouse, Elizabeth & Clark. Skirt, Belk (similar from QVC). Booties, Stuart Weitzman (basically identical from DSW).

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And finally, it was time to pull out the boots again. These demons are my favorite but I really need to put my calves on a diet so they'll go all the way up my leg like GIgi Hadid's. I walked outside in this get up and realized it was COLD, so I came back in and threw on a leather jacket and had to take another snap. Because being on time to work is overrated. 

Tunic, Asos. Mostly unseen skirt for modesty purposes, BCBGeneration. Boots, Stuart Weitzman (similar for less). Leather Jacket, Kenneth Cole (similar). Bag, 3.1 Phillip Lim. Necklace, My grandma's 💕

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Have I mentioned that Halloween is my favorite month? Because it is. You can get away with SO much weird stuff in October. I actually startled a woman who got on the elevator with these bad boys. She said, "You do you girl, you just made my day." These monstrosities were appropriate because we were seeing a live Rocky Horror Show production at The Weekend Theater after work and you gotta go all out for Dr. Frankenfurter.

Jacket, Kenneth Cole. Tunic, Nordstrom (honestly would buy every color). Leggings, Spanx. Boots, ShoeDazzle.

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Here's some work wear for you from October. Layers is the name of the game when you walk to work, as is USB fan once you get to your desk.

Outfit 1: Top, Zara. Skirt, Belk. Heels, Valentino. Yes, I kind of felt like a flight attendant.
Outfit 2: Tunic, Nordstrom (same awesome one as before but in olive!). Trench, Everlane. Jeggings, Old Navy. Heels, Valentino.
Outfit 3: Blouse, H&M. Vest, Banana Republic (similar). Leggings, Spanx. Boots, JustFab.
Outfit 4: Cardigan, Halogen via Trunk Club. Tank, Lush via Trunk Club. Jeggings, Old Navy. Heels, Manolo Blahnik.

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Suede Jacket, Asos. Blouse, Elizabeth & Clarke. Tie, Asos (similar from F21). Jeggings, Old Navy. Flats, Aquazzura via Poshmark. Bag, Balenciaga via Poshmark.

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Another classic work to weekend fall look, brought to you by the exact same pieces you've seen a thousand times but probably haven't even noticed.

Suede jacket, BlankNYC. Tee, H&M. Jeggings, Old Navy. Necklace, BaubleBar. Heels, Manolo Blahnik.

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AND FINALLY...no October wear post would be complete without my Halloween costume? I've been spending basically all of my free time exploring in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on my Switch so I knew within ten seconds of playing that game what I was going to be for Halloween (here's what I am for the non-nerds in the room). That wig...was spectacular. I choose all of my costumes around wigs.

Costume: Handmade by me. Leggings, Spanx. Boots, Asos (similar from DSW). Wig, Amazon.

AJ Wears :: A Big Sweater

Last season, I rented this sweater from Rent The Runway and fell in LOVE with it. The oversized sleeves. The big, chunky knit. The way it was just long enough to wear with leggings without swallowing me whole. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't find it anywhere. I considered just never sending it back and seeing if they noticed. I scoured the internet for weeks after trying to find it. I even emailed Revolve to see if they could track one down for me from the designer.

And then a magical little sale alert popped into my inbox and told me Urban Outfitters had one in my size - and it was on sale. Twelve seconds later, I had an email confirming my order and I was pleased as punch.

Thanks to a mild winter, I didn't get to wear my beloved big sweater too much, and I suspect this might be the last time I'm in a sweater until next Fall, since it's going to be 80 degrees this week. I'm listening to George Washington sing "One Last Time" as I write this.

What? I'm a little dramatic.

Sweater, Elliatt (rent it // similar from Missguided).
Leggings, Spanx (exact).
Necklace, Fringe (local!).
Boots, Stuart Weitzman (exact, I'm wearing Topo // similar from Kohl's).
Bag, Louis Vuitton Favorite MM.